As soon as you pass through the torii gate on the side of the road, you will see a steep staircase leading up to the Shinto shrine. The shrine, built in 1603 by the order of Ieyasu Tokugawa, is located on top of the mountain. Standing at the bottom of the stairs, one can see that they are indeed a straight line leading up the slope of the mountain. However, since there are buildings taller than Mt. Atago in this area, it hardly feels like a mountain now. At most, it looks like a small hill. At 25.7 meters above sea level, Mt. Atago is the highest mountain in the 23 wards of Tokyo, but it is only the highest naturally-formed mountain.
I arrived early in the morning, so there were few people walking up and down the stairs. I looked up and saw a businessman slowly climbing the stairs. It is called the stone staircase of success because a samurai named Heikuro Magaki once rode up and down this stone staircase on his horse and was awarded by the Shogun Iemitsu. Perhaps this businessman is also secretly planning to climb the stone stairs to success in the early morning.
|Sep 2019 IN THE CITY TOKYO|
|ATAGO BUSINESSMAN SHRINE STAIRWAY TORII|
September 30, 2019
November 5, 2021
RICOH GR III